New data analysis competitions
Human brain activity was recorded in the form of intracranial EEG (iEEG), which involves electrodes positioned on the surface of the cerebral cortex and the recording of electrical signals with an ambulatory monitoring system. These are long duration recordings, spanning multiple months up to multiple years and recording large numbers of seizures in some humans. The challenge is to distinguish between ten minute long data clips covering an hour prior to a seizure, and ten minute iEEG clips of interictal activity.
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